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Old 08-24-2010, 10:36 AM
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Heeeey! I was wondering what Food should I feed My Chihuahua? I've tried Royal Canin, Winalot, Pedigree & I'm thinking about trying Bakers, I've been told not to mix wet with dry as they get stomach problems, a Friend that owns Chi's feeds them Chicken & pasta, but I think it would be a bit pricey? -ChihuahuaPwincess, x
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Old 08-24-2010, 01:25 PM
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hi i feed mine naturediet which is about 79p from petsathome, that's what the vet reccommended and i mix it with a little royalcaine biscuit. hope this helps. Tulula can eat anything and it doesn't upset her tummy but i know that with other chi's tat may not be the case. good luck
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There are so many options out there! IMO the best diet is prey model raw. It's species appropriate, doesn't have fillers & other things your pup doesn't need, keeps them healthy & their teeth sparkley clean. Plus it keeps their minds healthy as well! We did prey model raw for almost 6 months & for several reasons (Mari having issues with certain meats, the lack of variety locally & what we do have is pretty pricey except chicken & I didn't want to feed them chicken alone, plus with six I was spending at least an hour a day preparing, feeding, cleaning, etc) Anyway, I decided to switch my pups to ZiwiPeak which is a dehydrated raw, plus 1-2 days a week I give them bone in chicken to help maintain their sparkley white teeth (and it helps off-set the cost of the ZP). It has no grains, no addatives, no dyes or fillers. It's made from meat & organ with added vitamins & minerals. It's air dried with is a biggie IMO. Cooking any ingredients of dog food basically takes out the nutrition they really need. ZiwiPeak is pretty pricey, though to feed one 5-6lbs Chi I don't think it would cost more than $25 every 6 weeks or so, so really not bad IMO since it's the best prepackaged foods on the market.

Another great dehydrated raw food is the Honest Kitchen. It's served a bit differently than the ZiwiPeak. Ziwi is basically tiny squares in jerky like form that you feed straight out of the bag (though I personally add a bit of water to it so they get some hydration when processing it). The Honest Kitchen you have to add warm water & let it set for a minimum of 5 minutes. It's served as more of a wet food but it doesn't cause the runny poo's that many wet foods do. The Honest Kitchen doesn't have as much meat as Ziwi. It also has lots of fruits & veggies in it which I don't personally feel is necessary in a canine diet and is also heated to I believe about 120*. But it's also another the best foods out there & if the Ziwi doesn't end up working out for us I'd have no problem switching to one of the grain free formula's of the Honest Kitchen.

Those are my top pics for prepackaged dog foods & of course the prey model raw is by far the best out there. But it certainly isn't for everyone & I respect that. When I first got Matilda we tried several diets from Nutro, Solid Golds Just a Wee Bit, EVO, raw & now ZiwiPeak. So far I'm happiest with the last two because I know my pups aren't getting any fillers & it's all natural & species appropriate food they are getting. Good luck in finding a food you & your pup are happy with!
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We feed The Honest Kitchen and all 4 of our dogs do wonderfully on it. We mix in Ziwipeak 3-4 times a week. They also get bone in raw meals 2-3 times a week. I would say that price wise, feeding Ziwi or THK is pretty comparable...because I feel like I should add meat to THK even though it is a complete food...Our dogs love these foods, and I've never seen them healthier. Kibble has most nutrients cooked out of it, I don't care what anyone says. That became apparent to me when I saw HOW MUCH healthier my dogs became when I feed THK
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for me, I like Blue Buffalo Grain Free Duck variety.... Chico seems to do very well on it and its a 5-star on the analysis site....
(http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_f...uct=2359&cat=3)
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You're English right?? So unfortunately you can't get a lot of the foods they get in the US.. However please don't feed your baby Pedigree or Bakers.. they are such low quality full of fillers and stuff that the dog doesn't need and literally you may as well be feeding rubbish into its system there are some far better quality foods out there at a similar price!!!

I feed prey model raw which is fantastic and i honestly believe its the best diet for a dog HOWEVER not everyone can do this so i'd suggest ziwi peak or natural instinct (if your parents have freezer space) www.naturalinstinct.com they deliver next day and it costs about 12p per day to feed 1 dog!! Thats a hell of a lot cheaper than pedigree poo!!

Kibble wise over here i really dont know what to suggest.. a lot of breeders use royal canin i dont really like it but some thrive on it. I'd look into stuff that doesn't have any grains as the dogs really dont needc them and go from there. Orijen are a good kibble (dry food in english lol).

Please really look into the food you are going to feed her nutrition is so important especially in a tiny dog.. Stay away from any supermarket bought stuff its generally bad quality.

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I feed mine raw, but premade as we have just started feeding raw recently.
I use the premade natures menu and prize choice from pets at home but also natural instinct (www.naturalinstinct.com)
About twice a week I feed raw meaty bones to clean their teeth.
& We feed ziwipeak if we are traveling somewhere .

I used to feed royal canin chihuahua 28 and mixxed it with forthglade natural dog food, although Jet, Layla & Roxy did well on it they didn't really like eating it and would sometimes not eat it at all, but since switching to raw they eat everything in their bowls everyday! Also on the royal canin and forthglade Zoey had quite dry skin which has now totally went away with raw.
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You've been given excellent advice! I have nothing to add but please print off these messages for your mom if you can't get her to come on the computer and read them. You definitely need to stay away from pedigree or bakers. There are sooooooo many better choices out there!
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